Bill Murray admitted on Saturday that his behavior on set led to a woman’s complaint and the suspension of filming on his latest film.
The actor and comedian, in his first comments on the closing of being mortaldescribed the incident as a “disagreement” but declined to provide details about what happened, or who was involved.
“I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t perceived that way,” he told CNBC during an interview at the annual shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway. “The film studio wanted to do the right thing, so they all wanted to watch it, research it, and so they stopped production.”
Murray said he and the unnamed woman are talking about it and “trying to make peace with each other”. He did not say when or if production would resume or if he would continue to participate in the film.
“We’re both professionals,” Murray said of the woman. “We love each other’s work. I think we like each other and if you can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in working together or making a movie at the same time.”
The 71-year-old Ghostbusters and caddyshack comedian suggested the changing nature of what is considered appropriate humor was a factor.
“It’s been quite an education for me,” he said. “The world is different from when I was a little kid. What I always found funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change and times change, so it’s important for me to understand from.”
Murray added: “I think it’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I don’t feel like it.”
Searchlight Pictures has confirmed production has been suspended but has so far declined to go into details, citing the ongoing investigation. Entertainment website Deadline reports that the complaint against Murray was filed earlier this month and that production was halted last week.
being mortal with Murray, Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer and Aziz Ansari, who will write, direct and produce the film.
Production began in Los Angeles in March and the film was slated to hit theaters next year. The film is based on the nonfiction book by surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande from 2014 on end-of-life care, Being mortal: drugs and what ultimately matters†